They say that money can’t buy happiness, and they’re right, but there is a certain amount of joy in finding a product or service that provides you with happiness and utility far beyond the purchase price. These can be inexpensive doo-dads or expensive gew-gaws, the key to making our list is that the product give us smiles that far exceed the pain of parting with the precious pesos.
Here’s the list:
Oxo Good Grips Magnetic Clips (large and small): We have dozens of these little guys all over our refrigerator, both the large and small versions. The big ones work great as chip clips and for larger clipping jobs, and the small ones, which actually have stronger magnets, do great at holding pictures/papers/doodads to the fridge, and also for smaller clipping jobs.
Perfect Tear Chrome Paper Towel Holder: In my lifetime I’ve bolted at least a dozen crappy paper towel dispensers to various walls and cabinets, and they all sucked. Either the roll would fall out, or it would be so tight that it wouldn’t rotate causing the towels to tear, or it would be so loose that a quick rip would unspool paper towels like a magician pulling a string of handkerchiefs from his sleeve. The Perfect Tear solves ALL of these problems, plus it’s cheap and it looks great. The trick is that the rolling mechanism has a ratchet-like feel to it as you turn the roll, putting just enough pressure to be both a) loose enough to allow for easy dispensing and b) tight enough to allow towels to be torn off with a wrist-flick without the danger of a runaway unspooling disaster. This is the only paper towel dispenser I will EVER buy.
Dogs: Our dogs, Weagle, Biscuit, and Ruckus (plus our cat, Bouncie). The amount of joy we get from our pets far, far, FAR exceeds any expenses.
SimpleHuman Dish Rack: Our little country cottage doesn’t have a dishwasher, so we do dishes the old fashioned way – in the sink, then drying on the rack before (theoretically) putting them away. This little dish rack works EXACTLY like we need it to, and has taken years of use and abuse in stride.
2000 Ford Expedition: We have a 2000 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer 4WD with about 120,000 miles on it, and we LOVE it. Yes, it’s getting a little squidgy around the edges, but it still runs like a top, it’s comfortable as hell, and it holds us, our family, our dogs, and all the crap we regularly haul in it, from groceries to electronics to furniture to gardening supplies to lumber. Plus, Mynagirl LOVES the seat heaters and EngineerBoy LOVES the cold AC!